Jack Miller showed no signs of nerves as he shot from 22nd to 12th during the opening lap of his first ever MotoGP race, in Qatar.

The young Australian, who has joined the premier-class straight from Moto3, was then shuffled back to 21st before spending the closing stages in a fight for 18th with fellow Open Honda riders Eugene Laverty and Karel Abraham.

However an ambitious move on the final lap saw both Miller and Abraham crash out of the race.

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"We got off to a good start and I was going quite good," said the LCR rider. "I made a few mistakes and got a little too tight on the bike but finally got myself back together when we were close to last. After that I really started to work, and closed the gap to the other Open bikes."

"It was working really well, we pulled up and I passed two guys and then caught up Abraham. When I got there I was in too much of a rush to pass and went too deep and lost the front. Unfortunately it took myself and him out.

"Being on the last lap it was a shame not to finish the race, but we learnt so much and I look forward to carrying on the learning process in Texas."

Abraham stated: "During the last lap Jack Miller tried to overtake me at any risk and took me down quite hard. The bike is damaged a lot and I am quite bruised. He realised that he had made a mistake and he came to our garage after the race to apologize. Fortunately it happened in race where I was not chasing points."